Salem State welcomes Chinese delegation

Chinese delegation visits Salem State

On Thursday, November 10, a delegation of 12 Chinese higher education administrators representing seven universities who are a part of the 1+2+1 Dual-Degree Program visited Salem State, the third such delegation to do so. According to the university’s provost and vice president of academic affairs, Kristin Esterberg, “These ongoing visits by administrators from participating Chinese universities—as well as reciprocal travel by our own administrators to their institutions in China—allow us to strengthen our growing relationship and explore further opportunities. This current visit, for instance, enables our Chinese counterparts to learn more about the academic curriculum, student life and the campus environment at Salem State. This in turn,” she continues, “benefits our subsequent recruitment of students in China.”

Three of the universities who sent representatives currently have students enrolled at Salem State. In addition to ongoing talks about future collaborations and possible expansion of the program, members of the delegation toured Salem, and were given a private tour of the Peabody Essex Museum by Nancy Berliner, curator of Chinese art. Delegates also had a chance to meet with five Chinese scholars currently conducting research at Salem State, and a graduate and undergraduate student on campus as part of the 1+2+1 program.

The 1+2+1 Dual-Degree Program allows Chinese students to begin their studies toward a bachelor’s degree at a university in China, complete their sophomore and junior years at Salem State, then return to China for their senior year. Graduates receive degrees from both their home university and Salem State.

Photo: Delegates of Chinese universities participating in the 1+2+1 Dual-Degree Program meet with representatives of Salem State, including its Center for International Education, on a recent visit.